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Intellect launches OneMARKETS platform for securities trading and asset services

Intellect launches OneMARKETS platform for securities trading and asset services

Thu, 28/07/2016 - 07:12

Intellect Design Arena has launched Intellect OneMARKETS, an end-to-end platform encompassing the complete spectrum of securities trading and asset services. »

Alpima selects Advent Portfolio Exchange and Moxy

Alpima selects Advent Portfolio Exchange and Moxy

Tue, 26/07/2016 - 14:55

Alpima, a London-based advisory firm serving professional and institutional clients, has selected SS&C’s Advent Portfolio Exchange (APX) and Moxy to support its digital advisory platform. »

Tower Trading Group selects Ancoa platform to monitor multi-asset trading activities

Tower Trading Group selects Ancoa platform to monitor multi-asset trading activities

Wed, 20/07/2016 - 08:18

Tower Trading Group (TTG), a trading firm delivering bespoke commercial and technical solutions for professional traders, has selected Ancoa’s market surveillance platform to monitor its multi-asset trading activities across all exchanges and independent services providers (ISVs). »

Japan Exchange Group launches technology suite powered by Nasdaq

Japan Exchange Group launches technology suite powered by Nasdaq

Tue, 19/07/2016 - 09:27

Japan Exchange Group (JPX) has gone live with a new Nasdaq-powered trading system for its subsidiary, Osaka Exchange. »

AltX reveals return data on 80 per cent of ‘Billion Dollar Club’

AltX reveals return data on 80 per cent of ‘Billion Dollar Club’

Fri, 15/07/2016 - 07:53

AltX, the San Francisco based hedge fund intelligence platform, has launched AltX Estimates, providing clients with return data on more than 17,000 funds, including performance data on over 80 per cent of the ‘Billion Dollar Club’ funds. »

FINCAD enhances F3 WorkStation

FINCAD enhances F3 WorkStation

Thu, 14/07/2016 - 08:57

FINCAD, a provider of valuation and risk analytics for multi-asset derivatives portfolios, has made enhancements to F3, its advanced valuation and risk solution. »

State Street to pilot GlobalCollateral’s settlement messaging service

State Street to pilot GlobalCollateral’s settlement messaging service

Tue, 12/07/2016 - 09:50

State Street Corporation has agreed to participate in a pilot programme to test DTCC-Euroclear GlobalCollateral’s Margin Settlement Messaging Service. »

Northern Trust boosts peer comparison for asset owners

Northern Trust boosts peer comparison for asset owners

Fri, 08/07/2016 - 09:36

Northern Trust has enhanced its peer universe comparison capabilities with the addition of intelligence derived from eVestment universe data. »

Technology

Chapter 5: Technology considerations

Thu, 07/07/2016 - 15:44

Cloud technology - The scale of a manager's IT infrastructure will largely depend on the type of trading strategy. A quantitative market neutral statistical arbitrage fund is likely going to spend more capital on front-office portfolio management, risk management systems and server storage capabilities than a specialist credit strategy that trades infrequently.  »

Dean Hill

For start-ups: Four pillars of cyber security defence

Thu, 07/07/2016 - 15:38

By Dean Hill, Executive Director, Eze Castle Integration - There is no shortage of threats to financial services firms, and the list of requirements from investors and regulators alike is growing at a rapid pace. As a startup, it's important to demonstrate to investors that you take your business seriously, hence, investments in operational excellence are required. On the cybersecurity front, that means leveraging technology infrastructure with robust, security-rich features including intrusion detection and ongoing traffic monitoring, regular vulnerability assessments and next-generation software, firewalls and patches to keep hackers out and firm assets secure. »

Investment managers must embrace technological innovation or risk being displaced, says SEI

Investment managers must embrace technological innovation or risk being displaced, says SEI

Wed, 06/07/2016 - 09:51

The investment management industry is lagging others in exploiting the vast potential of information technologies, and asset managers are under growing pressure to be more innovative and leverage emerging disruptions occurring in other industries. »

Buy-side continues to struggle with legacy and non-integrated technologies, says TABB survey

Buy-side continues to struggle with legacy and non-integrated technologies, says TABB survey

Wed, 06/07/2016 - 09:22

Almost a third (30 per cent) of asset managers outside of North America continue to maintain legacy platforms despite the technology’s role in trade delays and errors, according to a TABB Group survey. »

Allianz Risk Transfer and Nephila pilot blockchain technology or catastrophe swaps and bonds

Allianz Risk Transfer and Nephila pilot blockchain technology or catastrophe swaps and bonds

Thu, 16/06/2016 - 09:22

Allianz Risk Transfer (ART) and Nephila Capital (Nephila) they have successfully piloted the use of blockchain smart contract technology for transacting a natural catastrophe swap.  »

Erol Dusi

Enhancing workflows and investor communications

Thu, 09/06/2016 - 12:04

New York-based Imagineer Technology Group offers award-winning solutions to help hedge fund managers address the transparency and workflow demands necessary to succeed in today's marketplace. These solutions, which include an industry-specific client relationship management (Clienteer CRM) software, a web reporting portal (WebVision) and a fund research and due diligence platform (FundInsight), have been designed to build workflow efficiency and help firms communicate more effectively with investors and prospects.  »

Lee Godfrey

Regulatory reporting the smart way

Thu, 09/06/2016 - 12:01

KNEIP is one of the fund industry's foremost legal and regulatory report providers. Over the years it has helped traditional asset managers overcome the data management complexities of regulated UCITS funds. »

Bennett Egeth

The virtues of outsourcing technology and operations

Thu, 09/06/2016 - 11:58

How hedge funds view their technology and operational models is fast evolving. Consider a simple example: the need to reconcile with half a dozen prime brokers and an administrator.  »

Todd Moyer

Data management is Mount Everest challenge

Thu, 09/06/2016 - 11:54

"One of the things we see across our organisation is that data management is becoming a much bigger priority and focus among asset managers," asserts Todd Moyer (pictured), Executive Vice President of Global Business Development, Confluence. "The complexities related both to institutional investor reporting and regulatory reporting are making data management a significant challenge. With Form-PF alone, managers might be looking at 30 to 35 different data sources across a dozen systems in order to meet the transparency requirements." »

Rob Keller

Using tech integration to simplify workflows

Thu, 09/06/2016 - 11:51

By Rob Keller (pictured), CFA, Executive Managing Director, Product Management and Development, Eze Software Group – In today's world, increased regulatory pressures make collaboration between compliance and trading departments critical. The growing demands of compliance departments for pre-trade checks can potentially disrupt workflows and take valuable time away from trade creation and execution. According to TABB Group, many investment managers have issues with their current pre-trade compliance technology setup. Many firms have trading and compliance in disparate systems resulting in inefficient and slow trading workflows. These inefficiencies are driving the demand for tighter integration between execution management and order management systems. »

Michael Medvinsky

Enhancing hedge fund reporting in a mobile age

Thu, 09/06/2016 - 11:45

The Portfolio Amalfi platform by Nedelma offers multi-asset, multi-language, multi-currency dynamic reporting and data visualisation, as well as analytical capabilities to the asset management industry.  »

Joel Anderson

Driving straight-through processing within alternatives

Thu, 09/06/2016 - 11:41

Ever since the DTCC's Alternative Investment Product (AIP) Services initiative was introduced in 2008, the goal has been to replicate the success of the NSCC's Fund/SERV and Networking service for mutual funds and apply it to the alternative investment industry.  »

James Williams, Hedgeweek

Technology sharpens hedge fund operational efficiency

Thu, 09/06/2016 - 11:37

According to consultancy firm MackayWilliams, the quality of fund reporting is the third most important criterion when selecting a fund manager, after risk management and the quality of the fund management team.  »

CME Group and CloudMargin collaborate on integrated collateral management service for cleared and non-cleared margin

Wed, 08/06/2016 - 16:26

CME Group and CloudMargin have collaborated to offer CME Clearing and CME Clearing Europe customers the first cloud-based software service that integrates and automates the management of collateral in one place.  »

Mesirow Financial goes live on Clarient Entity Hub

Mesirow Financial goes live on Clarient Entity Hub

Thu, 02/06/2016 - 09:22

Mesirow Financial, an independent diversified financial services firm, has gone live on Clarient Entity Hub, a utility-based service designed to simplify client data and document management.  »

Bennett Egeth

Three-stage evolution of the hedge fund operating model

Wed, 25/05/2016 - 11:43

Over the last decade the approach to running a hedge fund’s operations has changed markedly, thanks largely to improvements in technology. »

Bob Guilbert

Grading your cloud provider: four critical criteria

Mon, 16/05/2016 - 13:08

By Bob Guilbert – You're a new fund manager, and somewhere on your task list the letters "IT" are probably followed by a question mark. Odds are, you don't have a technology background, so as your firm's Chief Operating/Financial/Compliance Officer (or in some cases, Portfolio Manager), the sudden responsibility you've undertaken as your firm's de facto IT Manager is intimidating at best.  »

Clouds

Chapter 4: Technology considerations

Mon, 16/05/2016 - 13:05

Cloud technology – The scale of a manager's IT infrastructure will largely depend on the type of trading strategy. A quantitative market neutral statistical arbitrage fund is likely going to spend more capital on front-office portfolio management, risk management systems and server storage capabilities than a specialist credit strategy that trades infrequently.  »

Imagine Software reveals clients’ most popular risk apps

Imagine Software reveals clients’ most popular risk apps

Wed, 11/05/2016 - 09:37

Imagine Software, a provider of front-to-back office risk and portfolio management to asset managers, investment banks, prime brokers, hedge funds, and institutional investors, has revealed that more than 85 per cent of its clients are using apps or leveraging their financial platform to gain an edge in the market or to streamline operations. »

LME Steel Scrap contract sees first voice-brokered trade

LME Steel Scrap contract sees first voice-brokered trade

Tue, 10/05/2016 - 16:25

The London Metal Exchange (LME) has executed the first voice-brokered trade of its LME Steel Scrap contract. The trade was executed on 4 May 2016 by INTL FCStone Ltd on behalf of Stemcor. »

New data on OTC equity trading now available, says FINRA

New data on OTC equity trading now available, says FINRA

Wed, 27/04/2016 - 15:55

The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) has gone live with expanded data on over-the-counter (OTC) trading in equity securities is now live, extending the authority’s trading-volume transparency to all of the OTC market. »

RegTech companies are boosting Ireland’s technology ecosystem

RegTech companies are boosting Ireland’s technology ecosystem

Fri, 22/04/2016 - 09:51

Regulatory technology, or ‘RegTech’ as it is known, is building momentum in Ireland as the country looks to embrace the Financial Technology revolution.  »

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